Sunday 6 January 2008
January 06, 2008
Georgia Opposition Calls For Protest Of Vote
Opposition activists in Georgia are gathering in Tbilisi to protest what they say are falsified results of the presidential election. But international election observers under the OSCE are saying the election was, "in essence," free and fair.
January 05, 2008
Georgians Vote In Early Presidential Elections
<P>Georgians are voting today in early presidential elections, in what is seen as a democracy test for the former Soviet republic. Incumbent President Mikheil Saakashvili is opposed by six challengers. Opposition parties have accused the authorities of preparing to rig the vote, a charge the government denies. </P>
January 04, 2008
Georgia: Democratic Stakes High In Early Presidential Vote
By Salome Asatiani and Daisy Sindelar http://gdb.rferl.org/F7DF3C76-03C5-4DC5-8EE3-2E64D4E7783D_w203.jpg Saakashvili has dominated state television (InterPressNews) Georgian voters went to the polls on January 5 to cast ballots in early presidential elections called in the wake of large antigovernment protests and a violent government crackdown in November.
December 27, 2007
Georgian Broadcaster Shuts Down As Political Scandals Heat Up
With slightly more than a week until a presidential election, voters in many countries might well expect accusations and counteraccusations to dominate the news. But the nature of a mounting political scandal in Georgia has surprised even jaded observers and led the country's most prominent broadcaster to take itself off the air.
December 25, 2007
Interview | Georgia At The Crossroads
The political crisis that rocked Georgia in November has left many questioning how -- if at all -- the country’s democratic development can get back on track – and what Western governments can do to help. David Kakabadze, the director of RFE/RL's Georgian Service, spoke to Lincoln Mitchell, the Arnold A. Saltzman assistant professor in the practice of international politics at Columbia University.
December 05, 2007
Georgian Prime Minister Blames Social Policy For Turmoil
BRUSSELS, December 5, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Georgia's new caretaker prime minister, Lado Gurgenidze, has emphasized social tensions as a major factor in the mass antipresidential demonstrations that erupted across the country in the past three months and led to a state of emergency.
December 03, 2007
Analysis | From 'Managed Democracy' To 'Manual Control'
December 3, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- No one was surprised that preliminary official results of the December 2 Duma elections gave a resounding victory to the pro-Kremlin Unified Russia party. With some 64 percent of the vote, according to government figures, the party seems set to get about 310 seats in the 450-seat lower chamber -- more than the two-thirds majority needed to initiate constitutional changes.